Sole Trader Support Fund

Grants for non-employing sole traders to help their transition to COVID Normal.


The $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund provides support to non-employing Victorian sole traders operating out of commercial premises or locations within specific sectors.

Victoria’s roadmap for reopening outlines steady, safe and sustainable steps towards a COVID Normal.

Through this program, eligible sole traders who are impacted by the restrictions will receive a grant of $3,000 that can be used towards their overhead costs.



Who can apply for the grant?

If your business is based in metropolitan Melbourne, you may be eligible for a grant if your non-employing business operates in an eligible sector that is Restricted, Heavily Restricted or Closed in the First Step and for which restrictions are not easing between the First and Second Steps in the ‘How we work in metropolitan Melbourne roadmap.

Businesses in the eligible sectors must also:

  • Operate a business within Victoria
  • Be a sole trader with no employees*
  • Operate from a commercial premises or location (and not a residential premises) for at least six months as a:
    • Tenant, or
    • Licensee, or
    • Owner/occupier of a fixed commercial premises, or
    • Operator of a registered ‘mobile food premises’ (e.g. a food van) with a permit or commercial agreement to operate at specific location(s)
  • Be a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme
  • Be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN).

*‘No employees’ means you are not registered with WorkSafe Victoria for WorkCover Insurance and do not employ anyone other than yourself or employ someone on a casual basis and pay less than $7,500 in annual salary.

Who is not eligible?

The following businesses are not eligible:

  • Businesses who have received a grant under the Business Support Fund, Business Support Fund-Expansion, third round of the Business Support Fund or Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund programs
  • Businesses that are trusts, companies or partnerships
  • Non-employing sole traders who do not operate from a commercial premises or location
  • Non-employing sole traders in metropolitan Melbourne who are able to open with a COVIDSafe Plan in the First Step in the ‘How we work in metropolitan Melbourne’ roadmap
  • Non-employing sole traders in metropolitan Melbourne operating in sectors for whom restrictions are easing in the Second Step in the ‘How we work in metropolitan Melbourne’ roadmap
  • Non-employing sole traders in regional Victoria who are able to reopen with a COVIDSafe Plan in the Second Step in the ‘How we work in regional Victoria’ roadmap.

Ineligible businesses may be able to access other support from the Victorian Government’s Business Resilience Package. More information about support for businesses is also available on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) business information page.

How much are the grants from this program?

Eligible sole traders will receive a grant of $3,000.

What can the grants be used for?

Grants may be used to assist the business in paying overhead costs such as utilities or rent.

Grants may also be used to pay for:

  • seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • developing the business through marketing and communications activities, or
  • any other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

Documentation or evidence required with an application

Applicants must provide:

  • Their ABN, which must be linked to the correct ANZSIC classificationExternal link (opens in same window) of their primary business.
  • Their most recent JobKeeper Business Monthly Declaration Receipt ID or Enrolment ID generated from the Australian Taxation Office’s business portal which shows that the business has received a payment.
  • Evidence of their commercial premises or location as listed below:
    • If they are a tenant – a current commercial rental agreement of six months or longer.
    • If they are a licensee – a current commercial lease or similar agreement of six months or longer.
    • If they are an owner/occupier of a fixed commercial premises – a 2019-20 or 2020-21 Municipal Rates Notice
    • If they are a registered ‘mobile food premises’ – StreatraderExternal link (opens in same window) Statement of Trade and a current Roadside Trading Permit issued by a Local Government, VicRoads or other commercial agreement to use a particular location(s) for at least six months.


Applicants must ensure that their ABN registration information and, where required, registration with ASIC or other relevant regulator, is up-to-date at the time of application.

Applicants with incomplete or incorrect information may experience delays and follow up requests to complete their application. In some instances, this may result in an ineligible assessment. Please ensure you complete the application correctly and provide the correct documentation.

How to apply

Applicants must submit an application online.

All questions in the application must be completed. Please ensure you attach all requested documentation to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.

Applicants must certify that they meet the eligibility criteria and intend to resume or remain trading when restrictions are eased.

Applicants will be subject to an audit by the Victorian Government or its representatives and will be required to produce evidence (such as payroll reports) at the request of the Victorian Government for a period of four years after the grant has been approved.

If any information in the application is found to be false or misleading, any grant awarded to the applicant will have to be repaid on demand by the Victorian Government.

Applications Open today 1st of October and Close in 71 days